Hey, so we’ve been getting a handful of questions from people who have heard about the internal kerfuffle between our parent company and CNET over CNET’s Best of CES awards.
I’m actually not really sure what to say about it. People are looking for me to comment on this stuff, but CNET’s Lindsey Turrentine has already laid out the timeline of events over on CNET itself. It sounds like a bad situation—the kind that can only really come up when you’re a part of a huge corporation that has interests all over the place. On one hand, I can understand why the folks up top wouldn’t want anything popping up that would interfere with its court case. On the other, independence and integrity are the main things you expect from an editorial team. What happens when these two ideals clash? Well, that’s where we are now.
Many of the questions I’m getting ask us what would happen if our parent company ended up in a lawsuit with a video game publisher. The good news is that this is a pretty unlikely scenario. The bad news is… well, see above, I guess.
For the very reasons you might expect, I won’t have anything more to say on this topic for the time being. We’re going to keep doing what we do because that’s all we know how to do. All we can do in response to this situation is to keep reporting for duty each day in our continuing efforts to deliver an editorial product that is entertaining, informative, and trustworthy.